CESMII Strategic Project Development through Affinity Groups


  1. CESMII Technology Roadmap and Project Development
  2. Role of the RMC in Project Development
  3. CESMII Affinity Group Concept
  4. Overview of the CESMII Affinity Groups

CESMII Strategic Planning Process

CESMII Technology roadmap 

  1. Provides integrated strategy to optimize manufacturing and increase energy productivity
    • Business Practices
    • Workforce Development
    • SM Technology and the SM Platform™
  2. Currently written at a generalized level with no granularity for manufacturing sectors but it is within these sectors that SM must be implemented

The Role of the RMC in Project Development

  1. Represent the manufacturing sectors of the region to CESMII
    • Inclusion in CESMII Technology Roadmap
    • Regional prioritization of sector needs
  2. Develop and propose test beds in response to the CESMII Technology Roadmap and call for proposals
  3. Manage the test bed projects once awarded
  4. Ensure regional membership is engaged and presented with an opportunity to participate in the Institute and to execute their committed cost share

CESMII Affinity Group

  • WHAT: A group of CESMII members having an interest in a particular manufacturing sector, a manufacturing problem within a sector, or a technology.
  • SCOPE: A They may be regional, multi-regional or national
  • OBJECTIVE:  Examine the chosen sector or problem strategically
  • HOW: Members bring their unique abilities, interests and expertise to engage the SM Platform™ as needed
  • RESULTS: A plan to use SM Technologies to meet sector objectives documented in a concept paper proposed to CESMII

CESMII approval results in a test bed opportunity 

Smart Manufacturing Platform™ Ecosystem

Prospective Test Bed Functionality

Advantages of the Affinity Group Approach

  • Provides clear view into how the SM Portfolio (is or should be) structured on a sector-by-sector basis vs. a project-by-project basis
  • Allows CESMII to better align efforts to the Technology Roadmap and to track how the portfolio is evolving to meet member needs
  • Encourages multi-regional participation to optimize development efforts – provides forum for collaboration of skills and expertise in a sector from the CESMII member network
  • Maximizes opportunity for member participation and execution of committed cost share – members technical participation not restricted to their region
  • Decreases management and contracting complexity at the RMC level

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